APPG Officers support Environmental Principles in Debates on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill


It has been a busy time in Parliament recently, not least due to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill being debated in both the House of Commons and House of Lords. APPG Officers in both Houses have spoken in support of environmental and animal welfare principles that would contribute towards the goals of agroecology.


Kerry McCarthy MP (Chair)

Kerry tabled a number of amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill on behalf of Greener UK, a coalition of 13 environmental organisations. These amendments addressed fundamental flaws in the Bill that would leave the environment less protected post-Brexit than it is now. The Withdrawal Bill specifically excludes vital EU environmental principles – such as the precautionary principle and the polluter pays principle – from being transposed into UK law, and one of Kerry’s amendments addressed this.
You can read a transcript of the debate here:

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer (Co-Chair)

Baroness Miller contributed in two of the Lord’s debate on the Bill by focusing on biodiversity and ecosystem health, as well as environmental principles such as the ‘Polluter Pays Principle’ and how these must be supported and enshrined in the final Bill.

Baroness Young of Old Scone (Officer)

Baroness Young spoke in the Lord’s debate on the Bill specifically on the importance of the Precautionary Principle being transposed into UK law.

Zac Goldsmith (Officer)

Zac spoke several times during debates in the Commons, focusing in particular on transposing the principle of animal sentience into UK law.